The Manual Wind: 3 worth it watches for under $500
Collecting anything should be a labor of love, not a painful dilemma. Unfortunately, the watch world doesn’t share the same sentiment. The big-money pieces make most of the headlines, sure, but there are plenty of great timepieces worth collecting that don’t require you to crack into your savings account. From unique designs to some remakes of popular high-end models, here are some of the best watches under $500.
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The Skywatch, with its classic sport design reminiscent of the Blancpain 50 Fathoms, is an affordable option for any watch enthusiast. Its large rotating bezel renders it a quartz watch with a dive persona, with two case sizes to choose from. The bezel and dial are available in numerous color combinations, each with a comfortable silicon or nylon strap. Moreover, the company donates a portion of the proceeds to a host of charities, meaning you can don your wrist with something you enjoy while giving back. The watch retails starting at $395, and comes with either a 44-millimeter or 38-millimeter diameter depending on your sex.
Swatch Sistem51 ($150)
Swatch is coming back in a big way in 2015. The company’s Sistem51 Automatic timepiece, which broke out last year with four inaugural designs, is only rising in popularity. This year, Swatch has outfitted the 40-millimeter timepiece with an automatic in house movement and bounty of flavorful, chic options all to be had for under $150.
Victorinox I.N.O.X. (TBA)
Looking for something a bit more rugged? The Switzerland-based Victorinox offers durability and style with the latest in the company’s I.N.O.X. line. Featuring a brick-red dial paired with the company’s iconic rubber bezel guard, the piece takes the I.N.O.X. lineup to completely new level. The army green, blue, and black offerings are also great colors, but no one says a rugged design can’t also be bold. Ready for the summer and the Jeep Wrangler, this quartz piece is one of the best watches under $500, even if the red iteration has yet to hit the market.